Episode 8 of Meet Houston Missions features guest Casie Harris, who is the Manager of Victim’s Services for Southeast Texas & The Valley for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is a national organization that hosts several local and regional events aimed at reducing the amount of drunk and drugged driving accidents on our roads as well as assisting victims of these horrible accidents.
MADD is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1980 by Candice Lightner following the death of her daughter, who was killed by an impaired motorist. The organization, which is now a nationwide force for change, began with one mother’s vision in California.
MADD seeks to combat drunk driving on a number of levels from drafting and promoting legislation to pass stricter laws and penalties for drinking and driving to victim’s advocacy. MADD volunteers are needed to work on legislation, assist victim’s families to navigate the legal process, provide grief counseling, fund-raise, educate and promote awareness.
MADD hosts 4 main events that require the support of volunteers and participants. The Walk Like Madd annual regional fundraiser takes place in the fall. Teams sign up to walk and raise money and volunteers are needed to run the event. Houston is a host city for this event. More information on this event can be found at: https://www.walklikemadd.org/.
MADD hosts a Jingle Bell Run in Austin, Texas every December to raise money and awareness.
MADD also hosts an annual golf tournament and a police officer appreciation event. Information on these events can be found on the madd.org website.
You can visit the main website at: https://www.madd.org for more information. Local office numbers may be found via a google search. You can also call 877-623-3435 to get connected with the right organization.